East St. John High School in Reserve, La. is already preparing for the fall season and it is a team that will have some very high expectations. One of the main reasons for those high expectations is the return of running back Alex Singleton. Midway through his junior year, Singleton took over as the team's starting running back and rushed for 1,501 yards and 22 touchdowns earning himself first-team all-state honors in Louisiana's 5A classification.
Singleton has spent the summer working out, conditioning and working. He competed at the Nike Camp in Baton Rouge and showed tremendous feet and strength throughout the day. All of his hard work has earned him two offers to date: Tulsa and Louisiana Tech. Though he does have interest in both schools, he is not near a decision.
"I still haven't made my decision yet," Singleton said. "I was going to wait for a while. It's still the same two offers, Louisiana Tech and Tulsa."
One school that has showed some interest is his home-state program of LSU. The Tigers have shown that they have an interest in pursuing a bigger back for the 2009 class that could possibly play fullback and Singleton could fit that mold.
"I can tell you that on Saturday afternoon, I'm going to visit LSU," he said. "I'm going to visit and see them practice and meet with the coaches and see the facilities. I've talked to Coach Porter a few times."
Because of his size and strength, Singleton could potentially be a very good fullback or linebacker on the next level. However, he has only heard coaches talk to him about playing running back.
"They just mention running back to me," he said. "That's all they mention."
As far as the approaching season, Singleton has set some goals for himself and for his team.
"We want to make it to state," he said. "We're the team to beat this year. Both sides of the ball, we're strong on both sides of the ball. We just have so many returning people on both sides of the ball. We have so much experience."
Singleton's personal goal is to be selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.